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Sports participation of children and adolescents in Germany : disentangling the influence of parental socioeconomic status

Sports participation of children and adolescents in Germany : disentangling the influence of parental socioeconomic status

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RITTSTEIGER, Lea, Thomas HINZ, Doris ORIWOL, Hagen WÄSCHE, Claudia SANTOS-HÖVENER, Alexander WOLL, 2021. Sports participation of children and adolescents in Germany : disentangling the influence of parental socioeconomic status. In: BMC Public Health. BioMed Central. 21, 1446. eISSN 1471-2458. Available under: doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-11284-9

@article{Rittsteiger2021-12Sport-54427, title={Sports participation of children and adolescents in Germany : disentangling the influence of parental socioeconomic status}, year={2021}, doi={10.1186/s12889-021-11284-9}, volume={21}, journal={BMC Public Health}, author={Rittsteiger, Lea and Hinz, Thomas and Oriwol, Doris and Wäsche, Hagen and Santos-Hövener, Claudia and Woll, Alexander}, note={Article Number: 1446} }

Santos-Hövener, Claudia Santos-Hövener, Claudia 2021-07-28T09:17:39Z Woll, Alexander Hinz, Thomas Background<br />Participation in sports and physical activity (PA) is a critical resource for children’s health and social development. This study analyzes how the parental socioeconomic status (SES) of children and adolescents affects their PA in sports clubs (organized sports) and outside of sports clubs (unorganized sports) and tests whether the potential impact of parental SES is mediated by the opportunity structure of their residential area (walkability, infrastructure, etc.) and by family and peer support for PA. Furthermore, PA is analyzed respecting differences by gender and migration background.<br /><br />Methods<br />Using representative data from the MoMo/KiGGS study (2009–2012 and 2014–2017), we take into account about 8000 measurements from about 7000 subjects. We estimate hurdle regression models to analyze the minutes per week spent on sports activities.<br /><br />Results<br />Results show that children with a higher parental SES, children living in areas with many opportunities for PA, and children receiving family and peer support are more physically active than children without these features. Controlled for opportunities and support, status effects are small but visible. The differences regarding parental SES are much more apparent for organized sports than for unorganized sports, indicating the relevance of economic resources. Boys are more active than girls, whereas there is no clear effect of migration background.<br /><br />Conclusions<br />The coefficient of parental SES on organized sports most probably relates to the resources needed to participate in sports clubs, including fees and equipment. Lower membership fees might potentially help to integrate children with low parental SES into sports clubs and thereby make organized sports more accessible to all social classes. Oriwol, Doris Wäsche, Hagen Oriwol, Doris Attribution 4.0 International 2021-12 Rittsteiger, Lea Sports participation of children and adolescents in Germany : disentangling the influence of parental socioeconomic status eng Woll, Alexander 2021-07-28T09:17:39Z Hinz, Thomas Rittsteiger, Lea Wäsche, Hagen

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